Boston Marathon Athletes With Disabilities Qualifying Standards
Push Rim Wheelchair Division
An open class T51-T52 and T53-T54 event for men and women who use wheelchairs in sport and have completed the marathon distance with a valid qualified performance, this division follows the rules and guidelines as defined by International Paralympic Committee. Able-bodied individuals may not participate in the Wheelchair Division.
|Open (Classes 3 & 4)
|Quad (Classes 1 & 2)
Blind / Visually Impaired Division
The qualifying time is 5:00 hours for visually impaired athletes (men and women) classified T11, T12, and T13. IPC Class Description for the Blind/Visually Impaired:
- Visually Impaired runners may use a total of two guides, one at a time, to complete the marathon course. A guide exchange location will take place near the 13 mile mark.
- T11: Visual acuity is poorer than LogMAR 2.60. From no light perception in either eye to light perception, but inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.
- T12: Visual acuity ranges from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive) and/or the athlete has a visual field that is constricted to a radius of less than 5 degrees. From ability to recognize the shape of a hand to a visual acuity of 2/60 and/or visual field of less than five degrees.
- T13: Visual acuity ranges from LogMAR 1.40 to 1 (inclusive) and/or the athlete has a visual field that is constricted to a radius of less than 20 degrees. From visual acuity above 2/60 to visual acuity of 6/60 and/or visual field of more than five degrees and less than 20 degrees.
Mobility Impaired Program
Individuals with permanent physical disabilities that affect their ability to ambulate may be granted the following extended qualifying times:
- Mobility Impaired runners may use a total of two guides, one at a time, to complete the marathon course. A guide exchange location will be located near the 13 mile mark.
- The qualifying time is 6:00 hours for individuals who, because of the nature of their disability, have difficulty ambulating
- The qualifying time is 8:00 hours for individuals who, because of the nature of their disability, need mobility aids such as prosthetics, leg braces or crutches to ambulate
- This program follows the IPC Guidelines for eligible and non-eligible impairment types (www.paralympic.org).
Hand Cycle Program
Individuals who use hand cycles in sport and have completed the marathon distance with a valid qualified performance may apply to this program. Men and women must meet the qualifying standards for their age and gender as posted in the Boston Marathon Wheelchair Division. Able-bodied individuals may not participate in the Hand Cycle Program.
A Duo Team is comprised of one able bodied person pushing a permanently disabled person in a customized racing wheelchair. Both team members must be at least 18 years of age on race day of the Boston Marathon. The team must achieve the qualifying standard set for the able bodied participant’s age and gender at a certified marathon within the current qualifying window (see able-bodied Qualifying Standards).
All of the information above is subject to change at any time.